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Mayfield Farm Enclosure



I am very chuffed about finding this ‘site’ today. However, there is nothing to see on the ground, but it does show up from aerial pics, so if you are landing at Heathrow in the usual way (most planes land from an Easterly direction) get a window seat on the left of the plane and have a look down to your left, just before landing and it might be visible just to the south of Terminal Four – I guess you probably won’t see it though as the angle might not be right, and I’m led to believe that in general crop marks only show up clearly in the right conditions.

After finding out about it from books (which didn’t say exactly where it was) and only having a vague idea of where it was, and two aerial photos of the Bronze Age Enclosure, I did a bit of map detective work and decided that I thought I knew where it was, alongside the A30 between Terminal 4 at Heathrow Airport and the Clock House Roundabout (A30 / A315). And I was pretty sure on the ground that I was in the right place, a large field with some sort pea / legume crop, that I hadn’t seen before, growing in it. Nothing can be seen on the ground although the area of the grid ref given for this site is definitely raised a bit compared to the surrounding land.

The books said it was part of ‘Mayfield Farm’ in Bedfont (which wasn’t named on the map) so as a final check I walked around to the other part of the A30 and yes indeed, this is definitely the right place – the farm buildings for Mayfield Farm are at TQ075733.

With a Neolithic henge also found on the farmland, this is one very important site despite the lack of visual impact!
pure joy Posted by pure joy
28th July 2003ce

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